Linked in the comments section of this article, here’s a video of all the clever stuff Zidane did against Brazil in their World Cup semi final of 2006. My friend Nick (congratulations on the engagement! Yeah!) saw him live at the Champions’ League final in 2002; he said it was uncanny how the ball seemed to stick to him no matter the angle and pace at which it arrived. Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are worthy “best players in the world” at the moment but I’d still say Zidane was the best overall during my football-watching lifetime (Maradona having retired too early for me to make a proper comparison).

UPDATE: Oh, for goodness’ sake! The video didn’t appear. Here it is:

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